Gratuitous Beatles Blogging

Dark Horse

by Cara November 29, 2011

Ten years ago, George Harrison died. John Lennon was always dead. For me, there literally was not ever a time when he was alive. It’s not just that I don’t remember him. It’s that he was gone before I was even born. But George, I remember. Not just from the countless DVDs, both legitimate and [...]

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John Lennon RIP

by Cara December 8, 2010

Thirty years ago, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York City home, in front of his wife of thirteen years, and with his five-year-old son waiting upstairs for his goodnight kiss. He was only forty years old. Being the thirtieth anniversary, there will be many, many tributes published today. [...]

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Happy Birthday, John

by Cara October 9, 2010

On October 9, 1940, John Lennon was born. Today would have been his 70th birthday. To celebrate her late husband’s birthday, Yoko Ono has released this video (video is captioned, transcript below): VIDEO: Yoko Ono stands in front of a wall covered with various memorabilia from her peace campaigns with John, and says: “Hi, this [...]

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Top 10 Post-Beatles Albums

by Cara July 31, 2010

This image by Jerry Bakewell, available under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Today is my birthday! And I figured that was the perfect excuse — as if I generally need one — to do a gratuitous Beatles post. People generally treat the breakup of the Beatles as an incredibly tragic event. There’s no doubt that [...]

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Top 5 Ringo Starr Songs

by Cara July 16, 2010

This upcoming Wednesday, July 21, I’m lucky enough to be seeing the fabulous Ringo Starr in concert with his All Starr Band. A real live Beatle, right in front (well, eleven concert rows in front!) of me! Can you imagine? I know that I’m pretty damn excited. So excited, in fact, that I didn’t even [...]

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Top 5 Moments in Paul is Dead: Audio/Lyrical Clues

by Cara July 3, 2010

Image via Lacey. Last week, in celebration of new evidence that the so-called “conspiracy theory” Paul is Dead was right all along, I posted my top 5 Paul is Dead visual clues. While I thought the case I was presented was quite convincing, and the evidence wholly irrefutable, unfortunately most of you still seem to [...]

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Top 5 Moments in Paul is Dead: Visual Clues

by Cara June 26, 2010

Photo provided by Lacey, touched up by Samantha. Most fans think solemnly back on the day they heard the first Beatle had died as a turning point in their lives. He was such a brilliant entertainer, a beloved icon, a symbol of joy and hope, especially in America — and then he was gone, in [...]

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Top 5 Beatles Songs From 1969

by Cara June 19, 2010

Exactly one day after Sir Paul’s 68th birthday and two months before I see him in concert in Pittsburgh(!) comes the final installment of this Gratuitous Beatles Blogging series. The ending of the Beatles was a tumultuous time — and thus, this list is going to take a few liberties. With the Get Back Sessions [...]

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Top 5 Beatles Songs From 1968

by Cara June 12, 2010

The Beatles kicked off 1968 by making apologies for their 1967 mistake Magical Mystery Tour, then quickly disappeared to India, where they studied transcendental meditation under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul and Ringo largely treated the time in Rishikesh as a relaxing vacation — when Ringo wasn’t having fun (and was getting physically ill), he [...]

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Top 5 Beatles Songs From 1967

by Cara June 5, 2010

In 1967, the Beatles recorded and released their most enduring work: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Technically started at the end of 1966 after the band had quietly stopped touring, Sgt. Pepper took a then unprecedented 5 months to record, leading media to taunt that the Beatles had finally dried up. Those who either [...]

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